Republicans Give More To Charity Than Democrats But Theres A Bigger Story Here
November 3, 2018; New York Times
The political differences between Republicans and Democrats dont play out solely at the ballot box; they also predict how likely people are to donate to charity. This finding from a newly published research project reflects a key difference, one tied to political affiliation, about how our nation should take on critical social issues like homelessness, poverty, and health care. The data also suggest that in times of political strife, both parties supporters pull back, making problem-solving harder.
Using voting and IRS data for the residents of 3,000 counties across the nation, the four-professor research team found, according to the New York Times, that counties which are overwhelmingly Republican report higher charitable contributions than Democratic-dominated counties, although giving in blue counties is often bolstered by a combination of charitable donations and higher taxes. But as red or blue counties become more politically competitive, charitable giving tends to fall. The full study was recently published in the Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly.
Importantly, the study did not find that in Republican counties, private funds replaced public funds so that social services were equally supported.
Privilege And Entitlement Starting On Third Base Is Deserving A Home Run
The elites of certain churches, universities, private schools or ethnicities may unconsciously accept their position as any crowned head assumed the divine right of kings. Growing up inside such an elite seems natural and right; those in power enable others like themselves. If they studied hard and played on the football team, compared to their classmates who did not work as hard, they know they are deserving. For one in that position, its a forgivable failure of imagination to not consider that the student across town who also worked hard and perhaps did not achieve the same SAT scores, may have often gone to bed hungry, may have surmounted far greater obstacles to achieve a lot capacity and determination which should be counted in. The privileged may not see the distortions that benefit them. This is not confined to one party, one class, one ethnicity, one gender. Some of us simply benefit from a surfeit of privilege.
Off with their heads is not an answer. Possible answers include: wealth tax; higher marginal inheritance taxes; and crediting overcoming the privilege deficit, without demonizing people who won the birth lottery a 21st-century rework of affirmative action.
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How To Explain The Difference Between Republicans And Democrats
Politics are confusing, even for adults.;This years political cycle is even more confusing than most. ;Anything that confuses and parents is sure to raise questions in children.
As the primaries roll on, many children are asking questions about the two major political parties and what all the arguing means. ;This years political cycle is more emotionally charged than most. ;Those emotions can make it difficult for parents to fairly explain political differences to children. ;Goodness knows, as an avid sports fan, I could not objectively describe the rivalry between the New York Yankees and the Boston Red Sox.
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Across The Four Countries Surveyed More Trust The Government Than Not
Half of adults or more trust the national government to do what is right in each of the four countries surveyed. But, whereas only a slim majority trust the government in the United States , France and the United Kingdom , 80% in Germany express this view. And, in Germany, 47% say they trust the national government a lot more than twice as many as say the same in any of the other surveyed countries and more than three times as many as in the U.S., where only 13% have a lot of faith in the government.
In the U.S., trust in the government has remained largely unchanged since the question was last posed in 2017. But who trusts the government shifted notably over this period. In 2017, when Donald Trump was the newly inaugurated president, Republicans and independents who lean toward the Republican Party were more likely to trust the government than Democrats and leaners toward that party . In the most recent survey, fielded in November 2020 after the election was called for now President Joe Biden, Democrats trust the government at higher rates than Republicans, 59% vs. 49%.
Across all four of the countries surveyed, trust in the government is higher among those who say the economy is in good shape and those who say they have adequate opportunities to improve their own standard of living. For example, in the UK, those who say their current economic situation is good are about two times as likely to say they trust the government as those who say its bad.
Republicans Beat Democrats 17 To :
A recently published Rogues Gallery of the top 20 most corrupt members of Congress has Republicans winning by a landslide.
Not that congressional corruption is news. It’s always been clear that Congress consists of one-third scoundrels and crooks; two-thirds idiots; and three-thirds “poltroons” , with a nod to H.L. Mencken.
Little wonder that disdain for Congress is at its highest level since 1994 when Republicans captured 52 seats to end 40 years of Democratic control of the House and retook the Senate as well.
Only 16-25% of Americans approve of Congress, according to recent CNN – NYT/CBS polls. Respondents say that members of Congress are too tied to special interests. No kidding!
As Norman J. Ornstein, a conservative, said earlier this week at a Washington Forum, “Who are these 16 percent? And What Meds are they on?”
Top 20 Most Corrupt – The lineup with links to backup documentation of unethical behavior:
Elected Officials Seen As Out Of Touch In Us France And Uk
Nearly two-thirds of Germans say the statement elected officials care what ordinary people think describes their country well. However, fewer than half of those surveyed in France, the U.S. and the UK express this opinion.
The share of Germans who say elected officials care what ordinary people think has risen precipitously since 2018, when only 44% held this view. In France, too, the share saying elected officials care has risen 9 points . Indeed, all partisan groups in France studied registered an increase in the percentage who say this.;
In the UK and U.S., however, the share who say elected officials care about ordinary people has remained largely unchanged since 2018, although it has risen in the UK among those who identify with Conservative Party and decreased among those who identify with the Labour Party. Today, Conservatives are more likely to say elected officials care than are Labour Party supporters. Those who have a favorable view of the Brexit Party are also more likely than those who have an unfavorable view of the party to say elected officials care what ordinary people think .;
Partisan identity colors opinion about whether elected officials are seen as caring in each of the countries surveyed except for Germany. For example, in France, about two-thirds of those who identify with President Emmanuel Macrons party En Marche say elected officials care, compared with fewer than half of supporters of the Socialist Party and the Republicans .
Proof That Republicans Are Way Way More Criminally Corrupt Than Democrats
I learned something important and am sharing it… Feel free to copy and paste so others can learn “non-alternative facts”, i.e. the Truth: I made a comment recently where I claimed that Republican administrations had been much more criminally corrupt over the last 50 plus years than the Democrats. I was challenged to prove it, so I did a bit of research — and when I say “a bit” I mean it didn’t take long — and there is just NO comparison. When comparing criminal indictments of those serving in the executive branch of presidential administrations, it’s so lopsided as to be ridiculous. Yet all I ever hear is how corrupt the Democrats are. So why don’t we break it down by president and the numbers?
Obama – 8yrs in office. zero criminal indictments, zero convictions and zero prison sentences. So the next time somebody describes The Obama administration as “scandal free” they aren’t speaking wishfully, they’re simply telling the truth.
Bush, George W. – 8yrs in office. 16 criminal indictments. 16 convictions. 9 prison sentences.
Clinton – 8yrs in office. 2 criminal indictments. one conviction. one prison sentence. That’s right: nearly 8yrs of investigations. tens of millions spent and 30yrs of claiming them the most corrupt ever and there was exactly one person convicted of a crime.
Bush, George H. W. – 4yrs in office. one indictment. one conviction. one prison sentence.
Reagan – 8yrs in office. 26 criminal indictments. 16 convictions. 8 prison sentences.
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Voters Think The Trump Family Is More Corrupt Than The Biden Family
At a recent rally,;President Donald Trump said that the Bidens;are an organized crime family;and accused them of being corrupt.;;
According to data from the latest Yahoo News/YouGov poll, while many likely voters agree with the presidents charge of corruption against the Biden family, more still believe that the Trump family are corrupt .;
Combining responses to the two questions finds that;5%;of likely voters think the families of BOTH main candidates for president this year are corrupt.;
There are some unsurprising partisan differences. Nearly all Democrats believe the Trump family;to be corrupt,;but only 6% believe the Bidens are. Among Republicans, one in;10 think the Trumps are corrupt, while far more believe that the Bidens are.;;
Most Independents believe the Trump family is;corrupt, but this group;is;split on the Bidens.;While 43% think that this family is corrupt, a similar number say they are not.;;
When voters;are asked to compare the families head-to-head, most likely voters say that the Trumps are more;corrupt;than the Bidens.;About four in 10 believe that Joe Biden and his family are more;corrupt.;;
Virtually all Democrats, and half of Independents see the Trumps as more corrupt;than the Bidens. Just 7% of;Republicans agree. But 84% of Republicans, along with 39% of Independents and 4% of Democrats believe the Bidens are more corrupt.;;
Most Republicans think Joe Biden should be in jail;
Who Is Richer Democrats Or Republicans The Answer Probably Wont Surprise You
Which of the two political parties has more money, Democrats or Republicans? Most would rush to say Republicans due to the partys ideas towards tax and money. In fact, polls have shown about 60 percent of the American people believe Republicans favor the rich. But how true is that? ;can help you write about the issue but read our post first.
The Houses Balance Of Power Is Tipped Toward Democrats
The Democrats;have a narrow six-member margin in the current House of Representatives, meaning if just a handful of seats flip, Republicans can regain control of the House.
Democrats;advantage;will grow to seven when Troy Carter is sworn in;to fill a seat in Louisianas delegation left vacant;by Cedric Richmond, who left the House to join the Biden administration as the director of the White House Office of Public Engagement.;
Senator Lindsey Graham South Carolina Republican
Graham, a Trump confidant, said Stone was convicted of a non-violent, first-time offense and the president was justified in commuting the sentence.
Graham, chair of the Senate judiciary committee, tweeted on Sunday that he would now grant Democrat requests to call Mueller to give evidence before the committee in light of his op-ed for the Washington Post.
Apparently Mr. Mueller is willing – and also capable – of defending the Mueller investigation through an oped in the Washington Post.
Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee have previously requested Mr Mueller appear before the Senate Judiciary Committee to testify about his investigation. That request will be granted, Graham tweeted.
Apparently Mr Mueller is willing and also capable of defending the Mueller investigation through an oped in the Washington Post.
Graham is leading an investigation by Republicans on the judiciary committee into the origins of Muellers investigation. Democrats say the investigation is a move to appease Trump ahead of Novembers election.
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How Do Trumps Republicans Compare To The Rest Of The Worlds Political Parties
An academic survey;shows the American Republican party ranks as one of the worst;in the world when it comes to standing up for the rights of ethnic minority groups.
On conventional left-right measurements, theres not much distinguishing Americas Republican party from mainstream conservative movements in Europe. In fact, when it comes to economic left and right, there are governing parties on the right in Europe who are more extreme.
On attitudes towards ethnic minorities and respect for liberal democratic values, however, its a different story.
The Global Party Survey , a project authored by Harvard Universitys Pippa Norris, has sought to allow international comparisons between political parties on a variety of issues by surveying almost 2,000 academic experts on their relative positions on various spectrums. Those include the social and economic views of those parties, as well as whether they are populist or pluralistic in outlook.
The surveys findings suggest Americas Republican Party remains mainstream in many respects but not when it comes to its defending the rights of ethnic minorities and standing up for liberal principles.
On those issues it is far more extreme than Europes centre-right governing parties and sits closer to the likes of Austrias Freedom Party, Turkeys Justice and Development Party, and Indias Bharatiya Janata Party the governing movement often accused of inciting hatred against the countrys Muslim minority.
Americans Are Especially Likely To Say Politicians Are Corrupt
This report examines peoples trust in government and satisfaction with democracy, as well as their attitudes toward elected officials and political reform.
For this analysis, we use data from nationally representative telephone surveys of 4,069 adults from Nov. 10 to Dec. 23, 2020, in the U.S., France, Germany and the UK. In addition to the survey, Pew Research Center conducted focus groups from Aug. 19 to Nov. 20, 2019, in cities across the U.S. and UK . We draw upon these discussions in this report.
As they continue to struggle with a public health crisis and ongoing economic challenges, many people in the United States and Western Europe are also frustrated with politics.
A four-nation Pew Research Center survey conducted in November and December of 2020 finds that roughly two-thirds of adults in France and the U.S., as well as about half in the United Kingdom, believe their political system needs major changes or needs to be completely reformed. Calls for significant reform are less common in Germany, where about four-in-ten express this view.
Trust in government has also increased slightly in the UK, although while it has risen among supporters of Prime Minister Boris Johnsons Conservative Party, is has actually declined among those who identify with the opposition Labour Party.
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The Democrats Need A Plan To Fight Corruptionthe Usual Kind As Well As The Trump Kind
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Its been a year of stunning developments. Heres another one to contemplate: suppose the Democrats took a stand against the power of organized money. Picture Joe Biden and his party getting behind a set of serious clean-government reforms. Imagine a code of behavior tough enough not just to serve as a resounding statement of disgust with the corporate handouts and self-and-crony enrichment of the Trump Administration but to signal a revolt against the routinized, lower-level corruption that was the norm in Washington before Donald Trump and his crew arrived.
The Democrats may be inclined to take it easy. Thanks to a wave of disasters on the Republicans watch, they can be their usual selves and, to judge from the latest polls, be back in control of the White House and Congress in January. But then comes the job of dealing with the profound problems brought into focus by the events of this momentous year. At that point, their usual selves will no longer do.
Democrats Or Republicans Who Do You Think The Happier Group Is Overall
Based on my unofficial research and that of some of our readers, the Republicans and Conservative Democrats appear to be the winners. Why do I say that?; Well, just by their demeanor. During interviews they generally seem to be the calmer, more respectable of the two. Republicans certainly arent perfect, and they certainly dont always have the right idea or say or do the right thing.; And, they tend to exaggerate a bit .
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Are Republicans More Ethical Than Democrats
It is easy to be cynical about the corrosive effects of power. ;No party has a monopoly on corruption and misuse of public office.; Yet cynicism is not the same as wisdom.; Such every day cynicism helps Democrats escape from the uncomfortable moral challenges posed to big government advocates by the slew of scandals erupting in Washington.;
What we are seeing involves systemic flouting of the law by Democrats, from elected and appointed officials to unionized bureaucrats, who have targeted ordinary citizens because they are political opponents, riding rough shod over our rights to free speech, assembly, freedom of the press and equal application of the law.;
There has not been abuse of power on this scale in this baby boomer’s lifetime.; This is beyond the ordinary, and ordinary cynicism will not suffice.; The debate over whether our President is guilty of active abuse, leadership by example, or incompetence is important.; But it is not the most important thing going on.; The problem is far larger than the Oval office, and will extend past this presidency unless there is significant government reform.
New York Times journalist Thomas Friedman daydreams of what he and fellow liberals could accomplish ruling America with all the powers of the Chinese Communist Party.; Republican politicians, no matter how power hungry and narcissistic, know that is a nightmare.; Their followers know that is a nightmare.; Democrats do not.;